- M.Sc. Astrophysics, McMaster University (2008).
- B.S. Physics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2006).
- B.S. Astrophysics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2005).
- Visiting Lecturer of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2009 - May 2010.
- Affiliate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2010 - present.
- PHY 200, Physics for Life Sciences, Fall 2009, 2010.
- PHY 220, General Physics I, Winter 2010, 2011.
If you’re wondering about physics or have heard it’s “too hard,” then I’d love to have you in my class. My interests are not only in teaching students how the physical world works, but also showing what happens when the abstract meets reality through inquiry-style labs. I’ve studied and taught in a variety of environments with a diverse range of students, and my research background is in astrophysics (R.R. Lyrae stars and supernovae).
- A. Rest, D. L. Welch, N. B. Suntzeff, L. Oaster, and 15 co-authors. "Scattered-Light Echoes from the Historical Galactic Supernovae Cassiopeia A and Tycho (SN 1572)" ApJL 681 L81, 2008 Link: http://arxiv.org/abs/0805.4607.
- Oaster, L., Smith, H., and Kinemuchi, K. “A Double Mode RR Lyrae Star with a Strong Fundamental Mode Component.” PASP 118:405-409, March 2006 Link: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0511585.